Le Clos de Poitiers, run by owners M et Mme Faux at their mansion of a home, is a bed-and-breakfast rather than a hotel. The building itself has been decorated quite stylishly in a fin-de-siecle sort of way, while the rooms have individual decor. We were (sliently) upgraded to a triple room in the basement, which was spacious and had a large tub in the bathroom. The bed was a bit too soft for my liking. The nice touch of slippers, however flimsy, was appreciated. Now, probably due to the difficulties of the piping system, apparently all the drainage of the bathoom had to be operated by an electric pump, so everytime we used the WC, the sink or the tub, we heard this loud whirring sound and an almost violent trembling of the bathroom wall. Toulouse being a compact city, the slightly out-of-the-way location (near the Halle aux Grains Theatre in Place Dupuy) is not a particular hindrance, since it's only a 20-minute walk to the Capitole. Breakfast is simple continental - luxury bottled juice, bread and pastries (the fig preserve was very nice), and tea/coffee. The owners are reserved but polite, and perhaps if our French was more fluent they'd open up a bit more. This is definitely a place for the more mature-minded. Parking is on-site in the courtyard, quite a valuable oddity for a Toulouse house, and is charged at €10 although we were not told that prior to getting the bill. All-in-all, we prefer something like this with character than your run-of-the-mill, anonymous 3 or 4-star hotel. You can nitpick about a lot of small things but you have to consider that on the whole you might like it for being something different. Unless you need hot eggs and bacon for breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming " Hotel particulier " located in the center of Toulouse, close to the St Etienne cathedral, the Halle-aux-grains (Concert Hall) and the Museum. A quiet place in a garden with car-park. ... more less